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- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Widely sought after for their showy flowers, which appear on upright stems in early summer. The tall bearded irises in this collection are ideal for planting in open drifts throughout a sunny border or gravel garden and will provide several weeks of colour. Their deciduous, strap-shaped foliage, which arises from a creeping rhizome, creates an attractive feature throughout the warmer months and is useful for adding structure to the planting scheme. They prefer a neutral to alkaline soil, but will grow in most, provided there is adequate drainage. All parts cause severe discomfort if ingested and contact with the sap may irritate skin.
In each collection you will receive three of each of the following varieties.
Iris 'Black Swan'
A well-established and popular cultivar, with dark purple standards topping near-black, partially raised falls. Its sumptuous colouring is well suited for brooding colour schemes and it associates well with rich plums, pinks, lilacs and bronze. Grows to 85cm tall.
Frilly edged petals, which are an appealing blend of cream, yellow, pink and bronze, form well-shaped flowers that have a good scent. Wonderful for adding vertical interest to the border, its striking silhouette also provides the perfect foil for softer planting. Grows to 80cm tall.
Iris 'Blue Rhythm'
This cultivar is noted for its lemon scented blooms, which appear for a long period just above the fans of mid-green foliage. The falls of the cornflower blue flowers have an orange beard and are crowned cornflower blue flowers have an orange beard and are crowned Grows to 1m tall.
- Garden care: Bearded irises prefer full sun and neutral-alkaline soil, but if you have acidic or peaty soils you can top-dress with lime before planting for good results. Plant shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome sitting on the surface of the soil, incorporating a low nitrogen fertiliser in the planting hole. After planting remove the upper-most third of the leaves to protect against wind-rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring. Divide and replant about every three years.